Root Canal Therapy

Endodontics or root canal therapy is a process where the nerve and associated blood-vessels and lymphatics are removed from the tooth and replaced with an inert rubber material called gutta percha.

The Most Common Reasons for Needing a Root Canal are:

Extensive tooth decay
A large cavity under a filling or crown
A dental abscess
The fracture of a tooth

When we suspect that the nerve is involved, we will take an x-ray to determine if there is an abscess. Sometimes, however, the abscess is not visible yet, and we have to use your description, or other secondary diagnostic signs, to decide if a root canal is needed.

We do Anterior (front), Cuspids (canine), and Bicuspids (premolars), depending on the condition of the molar/s (back teeth) it may be in the best interest of the patient to be referred to an Endodontist (a root canal specialist). Only upon an exam and x-ray will we know if the patient needs to be referred.

Root Canal Therapy Restoration of the Tooth:
After having an Endodontic procedure, a crown is almost always needed, to reinforce the biting part of the tooth and seal out future decay. This crown can sometimes be prepared at the same appointment as the second step of the root canal procedure, and sometimes it must be done at a later appointment.

Occasionally, we must also place a post in the tooth to reinforce it against fracture. These posts are either made of gold, or stainless steel, depending on the shape of the tooth and amount of stress that the tooth will have to bear.

In spite of the bad reputation that root canals have, they are actually quite comfortable when done correctly.

We use the very best anesthetic, and never start until the tooth is 100% numb. We use special materials, techniques, and numbing procedures designed just for root canal teeth, to ensure that your appointment is uneventful and absolutely pain free.
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